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The Dynamic English : The aggresive player's guide to a traditional chess opening [Paperback]

By Tony Kosten, Ron Page (Foreward By), Colin Eden, Ramon Carr (Illustrator) & Toby Skandier
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Grandmaster Tony Kosten concentrates on aggressive treatments of the English - an approach that has brought him great success in tournament play. His book provides everything you need to start attacking with the English Opening, supplying players of the white pieces with a set of weapons that will equip them to challenge any opponent they face. There is an ideal balance of explanation and analysis, and practical examples illustrate the key themes.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1999
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1901983145  
ISBN13  9781901983142  

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Beautiful work  Sep 25, 2007
Before i read this book i was an 1.e4 and 1.Nf3 player. This book by Kosten gave me the courage to play 1.c4. The book was well filled with variations that, if you have Fritz or a program like it, you can further experiment with the lines. Greatly entertaining.
A well-done book, supplement it for most effect.  Jun 21, 2007
This is a very good book for those that are thinking of taking up the English Opening. The author's foundation is the Botvinnik System (featuring the pawn triangle c4-d3-e4, Nc3, Ne2, g3/Bg2).

The idea is to lock down d5 and to slowly go for an attack on the kingside or queenside, depending on how Black plays. One thing to keep in mind is that you must be PATIENT to play these setups! Playing too "aggressively" will surely backfire.

About move orders: Kosten will ask you to begin with 1.c4 and in most cases 2.g3. If you are intent on beginning with 1.Nf3, you'll want to check out Donaldson's A STRATEGIC OPENING REPERTOIRE.

This book also features schematic diagrams in the style originated by MASTERING THE FRENCH WITH THE READ AND PLAY METHOD and commonly employed in the "Easy Guide" opening books. There should be more of these, however.

To get the most out of this book, you'll want to get something that shows illustrative (annotated!) games relating to these systems. I am not sure what to recommend on that front, however, as I no longer play these systems and played them badly when I did play them. But that is not the book's fault: one must be prepared to supplement their opening learning and at that time I wasn't.

Recommended IF you supplement it with other materials.
Excellent!   Jul 26, 2006
This is a very good opening book. If you enjoy playing English, this book is a must. Highly recommended!
Repetoire with 1.c4  Oct 21, 2005
Basically this book recommends playing 1.c4, 2.g3, 3.Bg2, 4.Nc3. and explains how to fight for an advantage against the various black set-ups. This book would be beneficial for the average club player as well as stronger players. Will really improve your understanding of the game.
Best repertoire book   Sep 3, 2005
The Dynamic English is the best repertoire book for White that I have seen. Of course, it cannot cover every variation in great depth due to space considerations, but it's clear, easy to remember, not likely to be "refuted" ever since it does not depend on one sharp tactical turn.
The English is also a good choice since most players don't prepare as much to face that with Black as they do to get ready for 1. e4 or 1. d4.
So the battle takes place on our turf and terms.
If you want a deeper analyses of the English, I can recommend the books by John Watson and Carsten Hansen. Keep in mind, though that some of Kosten's variations avoid the main lines, and so they are not covered as well elsewhere. And some variations in Kosten are considered to be Reti variations, so you'll need a book on that as well. But the Keres-Parma, the Pure Symmetrical with 5.a3, the Rubinstein, the Botwinnik setup -- you can find them in all the books.

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